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MSc Supply Chain Engineering and Management

Course Description

Supply Chain Engineering and Management: What is it all about?

The worldwide exchange of goods, the mobility of humans and the constant flow of information and ideas requires expertise about transport chains and how exchange processes work, what design options are available and the ability to develop new methods to meet future challenges. Organizations and management of modern logistic networks demand professional staff. The necessary knowledge reaches far beyond mere logistics or management knowledge. It requires personalities that do not only operate, but have a desire to be responsible and engage in shaping, in engineering the future.
Supply Chain Management (SCM) plays a key, strategic role in the performance of companies with above average success. SCM adds value for the company and its clients. It prevails in SCM that to achieve constant gain in competitive advantage the supply chain must whenever possible be organized from strategy, to implementation, all the way to operationalisation. Because of that it needs well trained leaders, who are able to position the topic supply chain as a strategic function. This master program encompasses these facets in different ways and appropriately roots them into various modules of the curriculum.

It is to be expected that the demand for leaders educated in this manner will grow in the future. The Master’s program M.Sc. Supply Chain Engineering & Manage¬ment obtains this quality by using a holistic approach to prepare its students for these complex challenges which pertain to industry and logistics research with interdisciplinary and practical knowledge.

Graduate program at Jacobs University: “Think out of the box”

The need to manage supply chains, production facilities and transport more efficiently has intensified the demand for educated professionals with both management and engineering skills. The graduate program in Supply Chain Engineering and Management (MSc) at Jacobs University aims to meet this demand by educating and training the leaders of tomorrow.

The program’s structure emphasizes equally techniques and technologies, economies and management, and engineering technologies as well as languages and soft skills. It has been designed and implemented in close cooperation with industry and international partner universities. Thus, students will benefit from broad exposure to »real world« challenges and academic excellence.
The program’s basic idea is to bridge the gap between classical management and engineers within one company: Often, they do not really understand each other due to different wordings, perspectives and aims. We try to create a certain understanding and knowledge, we try to open horizons, to make our students aware of the other group’s perspective - making them "think out of the box".

Apart from its interdisciplinary and interactive approaches in its programs, one of the foundations of Jacobs University is its internationality. The study program Supply Chain Engineering and Management reflects this as well: more than 25 students from 14 different countries are taught in English. Also, faculty and lecturers come from different cultural backgrounds, e.g. Finland, Germany, Britain, USA, Ireland, or Norway.


Students with a MSc in Supply Chain Engineering and Management will find a wide range of attractive career options, in the dynamic and interesting field of logistics and beyond. So far, the employment rate of the program's predecessor is close to 100% within the first 12 months after graduation. Frequently, students get job offers already during their last year at Jacobs University. About half of the graduates work in Germany.

Among others, so far graduates entered industries such as logistics departments of car manufacturers, the food industry, or the aerospace industry. They work for international operating railway transportation companies or business consultancies. In the very same way, graduates of SCEM are qualified to opt for a career in academia, in governmental institutions, international organizations, business associations, the media and non-profit organizations.

Due to their experience working and living with students from about 100 countries on Jacobs University’s international campus, graduates are well-prepared to take on responsibility in multicultural work environments. They have a specific advantage competing for jobs that require not only basic skills and qualifications in the field of logistics, but also inter-cultural skills, as well as practical problem-solving skills and methods meant to deal with challenges in a globalized world. Such jobs are increasingly offered in all institutions mentioned above, but specifically in international organizations, multinational corporations and governmental institutions.

Visit the MSc Supply Chain Engineering and Management page on the Jacobs University website for more details!

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2138.jpg "What I liked the most about the program was the courses and their lecturers. It is the perfect combination between the engineering and the management sides of logistics. It provided me with a strong theoretical background that I later used in the tasks performed during my daily work."

After successful completion of the study program, Petru started his career in logistics with a job in Airbus Operations GmbH, Hamburg, Germany, with the Solution Integration & Deployment department. Studying in Jacobs University enabled him to be a member of the Logistics Chain Club through which he secured his job at Airbus.

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2139.jpg "I enjoyed discussing ideas about trends in the corporate world and logistics industry with my fellow students and lecturers. The small size of the classes allow for such discussions which highly encouraged a diverse learning and thinking environment. The combination of Engineering and Management courses within the program gives one the ideal preparation for the real-life logistics industry which includes both aspects on a day-to-day basis."

As part of the program, Ikenna worked as an intern with the Corporate Cross Border & Logistics Management department of METRO Group in Düsseldorf, Germany. He enjoyed learning about logistics modeling, advanced research skills, intercultural orientation and the new languages which the program provided him.

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4912.jpg Jacobs University is constantly ranked as one of the top universities in Germany and Europe based both on academic excellence and campus life.

In September 2016, I started working for ABInBev, one of the top consumer companies in the world. The reputation of Jacobs University and the fact that Jacobs alumni work at some of the best companies in the world have actually augmented my chances. After this two year master program I consider myself a great logistics professional and fully ready to start working in the supply chain industry.

This master degree has prepared me for my new job by providing me with technical expertise in the field of supply chain, production and distribution logistics, project management, as well as with practical projects and visits to several logistics-intensive companies in the Bremen area. In my opinion, the SCEM degree successfully combines hard skills and technical knowledge with soft skills, namely courses in the area of leadership and intercultural skills and, of course, German language lessons.

As part of my degree, I also did a three month internship in the Order Logistics Department of Lisega SE, a local company who is the world market leader in the domain of pipe supports. It was an excellent opportunity to put into practice all the knowledge that I had amassed during classes. The internship successfully complemented the university courses and it helped me to get a sense of what it means to work for a German company. It was a great experience that convinced me to keep working in Germany and in the logistics and supply chain sector.

The Professors were great and I learned a lot from them. My colleagues were amazing as well, we learned a lot from each other and we supported each other during the studies. On top of all that, Bremen is a wonderful city to live in and one of the most important logistic hubs in Europe, offering many job opportunities to university graduates.

I therefore recommend the SCEM program to anyone interested in pursuing a career in logistics. In my view, Supply Chain Engineering & Management program offers all the necessary tools to a future practitioner in the field of supply chain management: technical knowledge, intercultural competence and access to a network of world leading companies in the field of logistics.

Please do not hesitate to contact me in case you have any questions!


Jacobs University Graduate Scholarships - 20+ Awards

Scholarships are awarded based on individual merit and worth up to € 12,000 per year.

Value of Scholarship(s)

€ 1,000 - € 12,000 per year


All applicants for the MSc Computational Life Science, the MSc Data Engineering and the MSc Supply Chain Engineering & Management at Jacobs University are eligible for scholarships.

Application Procedure

Candidates who apply for one of the programs will be automatically considered for scholarships.

Further Information


Entry Requirements

Motivation Letter, University Transcript, Degree Certificate, Two Faculty Recommendations, English Language Proficiency Test, CV

Course Fees

Students will be offered an individual financial package (regular price: 20.000 p.a.)

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